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The Advance - Frequently Asked Questions

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Below are some frequently asked questions about The Advance.  If you have additional questions, please contact us and we will try to answer. 

Why should I participate in The Advance?
How can I participate in The Advance?
How can I fund Advance projects?
How do I send an Advance gift?
How can I get project updates?
How do support United Methodist missionaries?

Why should I participate in The Advance?
• 100% of your gift reaches the project or ministry you choose! United Methodist apportionments pay all administrative and promotional costs.
• You choose the project or missionary you wish to support.
• Your gift will reach its destination. We track and monitor gifts made through The Advance to promote accountability and transparency.
• Your gift is a way to be connectional. All Advance ministries are related to the General Board of Global Ministries through United Methodist annual conferences, central conferences, partner churches or ecumenical organizations.
• Churches and annual conferences receive Advance credit by having their gifts included in each year's total giving by the annual conference.
• Using existing United Methodist channels of giving promotes stewardship and connnection.  

How can I participate in The Advance?
• Use the Giving Resource Guide of The Advance book or visit the Web site ( to find a project of The Advance that matches your passion.
• On the Web site, sign up to receive the monthly electronic newsletter.
• Track your gift and other donations to specific projects on your Web site. 
• Pray for the missionaries or projects you support. 

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How can I fund Advance projects?
• Advance funding is not guaranteed. The Advance is a voluntary channel for financial giving. Therefore, the actual amount of gifts that a project receives is solely dependent upon donor gifts.
• Global Ministries program areas administer donor gifts to the projects. These departments are responsible for communicating with your

How do I send an Advance gift?
Choose one of four ways to give through The Advance.

  1. • Make your check payable to your local United Methodist church. Write the name of The Advance project and the project number on the check.
  2. • Write a check payable to "Advance GCFA," and include the name of The Advance project and number. Send your check to: The Advance GCFA, P.O. Box 9068, GPO, New York, NY 10087-9068.
  3. • Call (888) 252-6174 to give by credit card.
  4. • Give online at

How can I get project updates?
During the 2009-12 quadrennium, yearly project updates will be available on each project profile on the Web site ( Content updates also will appear in General Board of Global Ministries publication such as New World Outlook, and monthly electronic newsletters.

How do I support United Methodist missionaries?
Funding for missionaries'salaries, health insurance, pension, housing, travel, training and other expenses specific to a place of assignment comes from four main sources: World Service Funds, United Methodist Women's Mission Giving. The Advance through Covenant Relationships, and other income through trusts and investments designated for such support. In 2007, expenditures for missionary support totaled $17 million. Your gifts through The Advance accounted for 36 percent of the overall collection for missionary support.

Click here to read more about Missionary Support.

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General Board of Global Ministries
475 Riverside Drive
Room 350
New York, NY 10115
phone: 212-870-3790